Roscommon People Mart Watch – September 6th




Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There was a good show of weanlings on offer at Tuesday’s sale with a steady trade for both bulls and heifers resulting in the majority of lots getting sold. Weanling bulls averaged from €2.29 per kilo up to €3.08 per kilo while weanling heifers ranged from an average of €2.04 per kilo up to €2.94 per kilo.

  “The main customers this week were exporters and agents with some farmers also active. The mart will host a show and sale of weanlings next Tuesday (10th) at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up until 5 pm this Thursday (5th).

  “There was a large entry of sheep at our annual show and sale of lambs this week. There was a steady trade for finished lambs with prices fetching €100 for 50.5kgs. There was plenty of excellent quality ewe lambs on offer with a top price of €155 for 53.9kgs There was a good trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €72 up to €100. 

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. Please note all sheep must be tagged with a full yellow EID Tag set.

  “Numbers on offer at the breeding ewes sale were similar to last week. There was a brisk trade for both ewes and hoggets with an improved price resulting in an excellent clearance of lots. Hoggets made up to €218 with 2-year-old ewes fetching up to €190 and 3-year-old ewes making up to €160.

  “Sales continue on Saturday (7th) with the West of Ireland Registered Suffolk Sheep Breeder Club. Gates open at 8 am with 30 top-quality rams on offer. Show at 11 am and sale at 12 noon. There will also be a Pedigree Lleyn Sheep Show and Sale at 1 pm”.


Roscommon Mart sample prices

Weanling heifers

BAX 340kgs €1000 – €2.94 per kilo, LMX 410kgs €950 – €2.31 per kilo, BBX 420kgs €890 – €2.11 per kilo, CHX 405kgs €870 – €2.14 per kilo, CHX 360kgs €840 – €2.33 per kilo, Lim X 370kgs €750 – €2.02 per kilo, CHX 305kgs €725 – €2.37 per kilo, LM X 265kgs €615 – €2.32 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

SI 595kgs €1245 – €2.09 per kilo, CHX 460kgs €1100 – €2.39 per kilo, Char X 365kgs €985 – €2.69 per kilo, Simm X 485kgs €1000 – €2.06 per kilo, 2 LMX 375kgs €945 – €2.52 per kilo, Char X 380kgs €955 – €2.51 per kilo, Lim X 350kgs €930 – €2.65 per kilo, Lim X 355kgs €855 – €2.40 per kilo, CHX 300kgs €830 – €2.76 per kilo, SIX 370kgs €810 – €2.18 per kilo, LM X 390kgs €800 – €2.05 per kilo, Char X 235kgs €725 €3.08 per kilo.

Spring lamb

50.5kgs €100, 44.6kgs €97.50, 51.6kgs €96.50, 52.7kgs €95, 48.4kgs €94, 49kgs €93.50, 47.2kgs €90, 44.9kgs €90.

Ewe lambs

53.9kgs €155, 51.7kgs €142, 51.2kgs €140, 48.6kgs €137, 51.4kgs €136, 50.8kgs €136, 53.3kgs €135, 49.3kgs €130, 48.2kgs €129, 49.6kgs €128, 48.8kgs €124, 46.3kgs €115, 45.1kgs €110, 43.8kgs €108.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“Larger numbers of stock presented for sale this week as a result of the recent wet spell. Trade and prices varied depending on the categories of stock. The lighter quality stores witnessed good demand while the forward plainer type lots were a tougher trade.

  “The cow trade has remained strong and runners and breeding stock reported good clearances while the weanling trade was helped by strong export demand this week.

  “Cows with claves at foot made from €920 to €1,400 per head. Springers made from €700 to €1,100 per head. There were bigger numbers of calves/runners coming on offer with prices ranging from €170 to €700 for continental lots.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday) with our usual sale of bullocks, heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am with three rings in operation”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices



Ch 485kg €1315, AAX 475kgs €1110, Chx 500kgs €1200, Lm 500kgs €1070, Lm 560kgs €1230, Ch 590kgs €1155, Lm 635kgs €1295, Ch 635kgs €1200.



AA 410kgs €970, Lm 405kgs €885, Ch 480kgs €1050, Ch 605kgs €1290, Ch 580kgs €1225, Lm 550kgs €1175, Ch 480kgs €1000.


Dry cows

Ch 780kgs €1550, Lm 835kgs €1530, Lm 710kgs €1405, Lm 785kgs €1370, Lm 470kgs €955.


Weanling bulls

Ch 295kgs €800, Ch 255kgs €750, Lmx 355kgs €930, Ch 415kgs €935, Ch 440kgs €960.


Weanling heifers

Lm 345kgs €865, Lm 370kgs €845, Lm 390kgs €850, Lm 355kgs €750, AA 290kgs €500.